St Nicholas, West Pennard

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St Nicholas Parish Church welcomes you to worship with us.   We offer a broad range of services as below but please see our schedule of events for specific dates and for special events such as coffee mornings, Lent courses, Summer Fetes, and Christmas and Easter season services.   We host marriages, baptisms, and funerals when required.  Please contact us with any questions or requests.

Contact Details: Contact Rev. Christopher Hopkins, Priest in Charge at 01458 851681

or John Norris, Church Warden at 01458-851131 or email Benefice office via

Location of Church :  Church Lane, West Pennard, Somerset BA6 8NT

Upcoming Special Event    Concert in Church - Friday 23rd September at 7:30PM

      "Gentlemen of Wells" - Tickets £20 - Please send email to contact for tickets.

This Week's Worship Services

1) Thursday Morning Prayer (22nd Sept. - 9 AM) Service conducted by lay people .(30 minutes)

2) Holy Communion using the Book of Common Prayer. - Modern Language service -  (25th Sept. 8AM)

Regular Monthly Workship Service Schedule (except August; special schedules TBA for Easter and Christmas seasons)

1) Matins using the Book of Common Prayer - Usually 1st Sunday at 11AM

2) Family Service with Holy Communion - Modern Language service at 11AM.  Children are the centre of this service and play key roles.  Usually held the Second Sunday of the month

3) Evening Prayer using the Book of Common Prayer. - Usually held 3rd Sunday at 6:30 PM in Summer (April to September)  and 4PM in winter (October to March) 

4) Holy Communion using Modern Language  at 11AM-  Usually held the fourth Sunday of the month at 11AM using modern language but the service sometimes held at 8AM with BCP.. 

5) Holy Communion on Fifth Sunday of month when occurring held in one of the churches of the Brue Benefice at 10AM.   Please see schedule of events for details.  -

6) Thursday Morning Prayer Service conducted by lay people at 9 AM.(30 minutes)

7) In August, only one service per Sunday (Holy Communion with modern language) is held in the Benefice as indicated above.

Building and Features

We have parking and a toilet and kitchen and are wheel chair accessible, have an audio loop and are well behaved dog friendly.

The church consists of a chancel, cleresteried nave, aisles, south porch, and west tower with a short timber spire. The fabric is of a late medieval date but is likely to have been built in several stages.   The north arcade of four bays is quite regular.  By contrast, the south arcade is irregular; the easternmost arch being much wider than northern arches.   This positioning suggests that there may have been a transceptal chapel before the aisle was added.  The three remaining arches vary greatly in span suggesting that the design might have been occasioned by necessary adjustments.   The original tower may have been higher but due to decay was shortened by necessity    The rood screen has largely survived from the 16th century.

The churches registers begin in 1538 which was the first year they were required to be kept.

Please visit our wikipedia page for a more complete description of the church and pictures of the building and its features.,_West_Pennard



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Christopher J. Hopkins, Priest in Charge
Brue Benefice Office is in Baltonsborough
at The Old Hall House, Ham Street,
Baltonsborough, Somerset BA6 9PX

Office is staffed on Thursdays and Fridays only but phone is monitored daily.
Phone 01458-851681
01458 851681 (Benefice Office) or 01458 851131 (Church Warden, West Pennard)

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Holy Communion
Holy Communion using Book of Common Prayer at 11AM - Usually held the fourth Sunday of the month Service Usually held at 11AM with modern language but sometimes held at 8AM with Book of Common Prayer.
Every fourth Sunday at 8:00 AM for 50 minutes
Matins using the Book of Common Prayer - Usually 1st Sunday at 11AM
Every first Sunday at 11:00 AM for 50 minutes
Book of Common Prayer
Family Service with Holy Communion
Family Service with Holy Communion - Modern Language service at 11AM. Children are the centre of this service and play key roles. Usually held the Second Sunday of the month. Coffee, tea and biscuits follow the service.
Every second Sunday at 11:00 AM for 50 minutes
Family Friendly Coffee
Evening Prayer
Evening Prayer using the Book of Common Prayer. - Usually 3rd Sunday at 4PM in winter (October to March) and 6:30 PM in Summer (April to September). Usually held the Third Sunday of the Month
Every third Sunday at 6:30 PM for ¾ hour
Book of Common Prayer


Thursday Prayer Service Led by Lay People
Prayer Service every Thursday Morning at 9AM. Led by Lay Persons using modern language liturgy.
Thursday at 9:00 AM for ½ hour



Wheelchair accessible toilets

Designated wider space(s) for people with a disabled parking badge

Assistance dogs (eg guide dogs, hearing dogs, dogs for the disabled) welcome
Stained Glass Floodlight

Lent Courses
Church Open Open during daylight hours

Foodbank or foodbank collection point
Other information
Priest in charge: The Revd Christopher John HOPKINS
A Church Near You ID (venue number): 10986
Built: 1600s
Style of worship: Mix of Traditional (BCP) and Modern Language
Archdeaconry: WELLS (511)
Deanery: GLASTONBURY (51106)
Parish Legal Name: WEST PENNARD (510138 1/138)
CofE Church Info: (601138 1/138)
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The current editor is: John Norris

This page was last updated on Monday 19th September 2016
St Nicholas : Church Lane, From the A361, turn on Newtown Lane (left from Pilton, (right from Glastonbury) until you see the Memorial Cross. Turn left at the Memorial Cross. The church is at the top of Church Lane., West Pennard, Somerset, BA6 8NT

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